Kindness

KINDNESS

The bible teaches Christians to be kind, loving and affectionate one toward another.{Rom.12}. we are to “love one another with a pure heart fervently”{1Pet,1”22}.we should use every opportunity to be encouraging and edifying, like Barnabas was to his brethren{Acts4:36}. We will regret many things as we review our sojourn here below, but we will be glad for every act of kindness and genuine concern. A very wise person blessed us with these words:

I have wept in the night

For the shortness of sight

That to somebody’s need made me blind;

But I never have yet

Felt a tinge of regret

For being a little too kind.

Sometimes it is gracious and thoughtful for a brother to rebuke a friend, as Paul did with Peter {Gal.2: 11}. Or, to exhort daily those who are in serious spiritual traits, as Heb.3: 13 explains. However, on most occasions, we need to exercise the principles of kindness in compliments and cheerful expressions of gratitude and deep appreciation. We can give no greater gifts to a fellow pilgrim than that of kindness and concern. This epitaph needs to constantly be on our minds:

What I saved I lost,

What I spent I used,

What I gave I have.

God teaches a valuable lesson through the writing of Malachi: “will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me, But ye say, wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings”{Mal.3: 8}. When we rob the lord through bad attitudes and stingy stewardship, we rob ourselves of the abundant blessings heaven desires to pour out in our lives. The potent reminder of Acts 20:35 should ever ring in our ears, “Remember the words of the lord Jesus, how he said, it is more blessed to give than to receive.” When we encourage others, as Jesus did for Peter in John 21, the Kingdom of God is enhanced and strengthened, but harsh and bitter words are brutal and harmful to both the giver and the receiver of such communication. A person who majors in critical, negative, and discouraging words cannot possibly be the pleasant to others or helpful to himself. Our Savoir made it clear in Matt.12 that the overflow of what is inside our minds is reflected in the words we speak. Death and life are in the power of the tongue {Prov.18: 21} and we need to guard carefully the door of our lips {Psa.141: 3}. To allow our mouths to be a cesspool of hatred, gossip and slander must not be the thrust of our speech. James 3:1-10 graphically denounces such in these emphatic words,” My brethren, such things ought not so to be!” Conversely, the sweet spring of encouraging and uplifting thoughts, words and deeds produce joy and peace.

We can learn something valuable, however, when we observe that sharp words and angry looks of others in the heat of the battle. Is that the way we look and sound when under pressure? Why should we allow such attitudes and actions to twist our faces and warp our personalities and hurt our influence? Let us determine to be considered of others and the Christ-like in loving our enemies and brethren who are not easy to like! None of this means that we are to overlook sin and try to compromise Bible teaching under a banner of love and compassion. Jesus loved the rich young ruler {Mark 10}, but He did not change His demands for him. It is kinder to rebuke someone who is in error than to disregard error that must be overcome lest our friend die in sin. Remember the wisdom of Prov.27: 5,”open rebuke is better than secret love.”

The kindest thing we can do for sinners we love is to encourage them to obey the Savior {Matt.25: 46}. When a brother is overtaken in a fault, faithful Christians restore such in a spirit of gentle compassion {Gal.6: 1-2} kindness demands it!

In loving –kindness Jesus came,

My soul in mercy to reclaim;

And from the depths of sin and shame,

Through grace He lifted me.

Let us learn from the kindness of Jesus, and strive always to be like him who died that we might live.

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~ by ubcky4 on September 12, 2009.

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